School ‘requires improvement’ says report

New Head of Heysham High Maurice Graham

New Head of Heysham High Maurice Graham

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Heysham High School Sports College has been told it ‘requires improvement’ in its most recent Ofsted report.

A concerned parent said: “I was disappointed with Ofsted’s verdict but it is not a surprise.

“I am seriously considering withdrawing my child from the school and moving them to another school which I know has fared better in the recent inspections.”

Headteacher Maurice Graham said: “We have been improving for the last few years but haven’t gone up fast enough because the bar has been raised by the government.

“There are areas we’d identified that we have been working on all the time. We were disappointed but we will continue to improve.”

Ofsted (The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) says the school is not good because:

*Teaching is not consistently good either across the school or within departments

*Weaknesses in mathematics teaching mean that many students do not learn rapidly enough

*The sixth form requires improvement because several subjects have low pass rates at GCE AS level and teachers progress tracking is not sufficiently accurate at identifying those at risk of failing so that additional help can be given.

However, the report identified that the school had strengths, including:

*Achievement in English is good as a result of good teaching that enables students to make good progress

*The school provides highly effective pastoral support for students who need extra help

*There have been steady improvements since the last inspection as a result of effective leadership and management.

*The curriculum is extremely well planned and managed

*Students’ behaviour is good because they enjoy school

*Students’ personal skills are developed well so that they become confident and articulate young adults who are well prepared for the next stage of their lives.

The report said that to improve further the school needed to:
*improve the quality of teaching across the school so that more lessons are good or outstanding

*Improve students’ progress in mathematics

*Improve the outcomes for GCE AS level courses where pass rates are low.

Overall, the report said the achievement of pupils and the quality of teaching requires improvement.

The school has been given a Grade 3, which means it requires improvement.

A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it is not inadequate.

The school will receive a full inspection within 24 months.

The school has 1122 pupils aged between 11 and 18, of which 198 are enrolled in the sixth form.